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Why being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes isn't so bad

HOW YOU ACCEPT A DIAGNOSIS DEPENDS ON YOUR MINDSET

Do you see the world with a “growth mindset” (glass half-full) or a “fixed mindset” (glass half-empty)? That’s a question straight out of the book "Mindset" by Carol Dweck. I highly recommend it! Read on, and maybe I can help you turn things around, even if you have a fixed mindset.

TYPE 2 DIABETES IS A REFLECTION OF YOUR DIET AND/OR LIFESTYLE

Ouch! Unfortunately, our food supply is SO dysfunctional and we receive so much bad and misleading information about it that we don’t know what’s good or bad for us. Here’s your chance to learn and take charge! Keep reading my blogs, act upon the advice and guidelines I provide, and we will get you on the path of healthier eating. Why? First, if you eat like somebody trying to prevent or reverse diabetes, you’ll decrease inflammation in your body. Inflammation is the root cause of most diseases. Spend your hard-earned money on fun rather than meds!

GENES AREN’T AN EXCUSE

No matter how genetically predisposed you are to contracting diabetes, the typical high blood sugar readings and/or elevated A1C practically shout out,  “You eat like crap!” If you’re gonna argue about genes, I’d counter that your diabetic relatives eat/ate the same way you do. I bet there’s something to learn from that; maybe you’re sensitive to the same foods. My take is that those foods involve heavy processing (a very large group, including breads, pastas, donuts, sweets, cereals, soda, fruit juice, etc). As humans, we are not built to these chemical-laden foods. Sorry Kelloggs…you’re a killer! Processed food with dangerous added oils and high fructose corn syrup is new in our evolutionary chain; our systems simply can’t handle it. You can read here about the fate of the Pima Indians when they were introduced to flour and sugar.

TIME TO WAKE UP!

If you change the way you eat and get off the diabetes train, you’ll prevent the illnesses/diseases that often accompany diabetes, in addition to other lifestyle diseases that hit people with poor diets. For example, diabetes attacks the heart (heart disease, A-Fib), brain (brain fog, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s), nervous system (neuropathy, gout), eyes (glaucoma, cataracts, blindness), teeth (gum disease), and muscles (muscle wasting, weakness). It’s also an energy-sapping disease. Really…. do I need to go on? However, there’s hope. The beauty of the human body is that much of the damage can be reversed! Cardiologist and author Dr. Dean Ornish even found that plaque build-up in arteries can be reversed with diet!

WHICH WAY WILL YOU GO?

Fixed-mindset people often play the victim: “I can’t do anything; it’s in my genes,” or “I’ll be on meds the rest of my life,” or “when I want a treat I’ll take extra insulin”. Seriously? On the other hand, Growth-mindset people will do their research, make small changes, exercise, and figure out what needs to be done to reverse this lifestyle disease.

WRAP UP

Most Type 2 diabetes is reversible. I won’t say “cured”; the sensitivity is always there, but the disease process doesn’t have to be. Dr. Mark Hyman has conducted studies on insulin-dependent diabetics, which has led to successfully weaning many off their insulin. That’s huge! It’s also a long road. They didn’t get there overnight, and their changes need to be consistent.

I watched my blood sugar numbers keep rising from my early 20’s until I was playing racquetball at 35 and “hit the wall” — the term used typically by endurance athletes when the glycogen (our fuel) tank runs empty and there’s no convertible energy left in the body. In my case, I could barely lift my arm up. That’s when I turned the tide and took control of what I put in my pie-hole (hint: NOT pie).

My A1C has been below 5.8 for over seven years now. I don’t eat perfectly (whatever that means), but I have saved a hell of a lot in medical bills and future suffering. That is exactly why this diagnosis can be a wake-up call!

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